Sleep Apnea: Symptom and Causes


Commom symptoms of sleep apnea include:                          
  • Sleepiness or impairment of daytime alertness
  • Morning headaches
  • Not being able to concentrate
  • Feeling irritable
  • Depression  
  • Having mood swings
  • Waking up frequently to urinate
  • Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loud snoring
  • Recurrent awakenings or insomnia


Factors which cause sleep apnea include
  • Over weight
  • Having a recessed chin
  • Small jaw or a large overbite
  • Aging
  • Smoking and alcohol use
  • Over the age of 65
  • Large neck size (17 inches or greater in a man, or 16 inches or greater in a woman

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